During a wrongful death case, there are two main types of damages your family can recover: economic and non-economic damages. We’ll take a closer look at both these types and explain what damages you can recover in a wrongful death case.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits Explained
Family members and beneficiaries of an individual who died because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In many cases, these lawsuits come about as a result of car accidents, medical malpractice, and, in some instances, defective products.
This is not the same type of trial as a criminal trial—in other words, the judge who decides this case will not declare the defendant innocent or guilty of homicide or manslaughter.
In order to win this type of case, you and your legal team will need to prove that the defendant is liable.
Economic damages come down to the verifiable data that you and others suffered as a result of this death. These range from the cost of medical treatment to the final cost of the funeral. However, there are a few important factors that courts will need to consider, including the age and health condition of the deceased individual prior to the accident.
While building your case, in addition to securing guaranteed pre-settlement informational funding, you can also work with your lawyer to sue for non-economic damages. These are damages with no set price tag, like the loss of love, affection, or companionship that resulted from this wrongful death. You will need an experienced lawyer to establish monetary amounts and argue those numbers in court.
Now that you know what damages you can recover in a wrongful death case, find a lawyer who can help you recoup your economic losses. No amount of money will bring back your loved one, but you can still get justice for them. The team here at Apogee Capital Partners extends their condolences on your loss, and we’ll do what we can to help make it right.